Little Known Dog Breeds

The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

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By Wendy Hodges CC BY 2.0 | Source

This dog is intelligent and very active. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog will not be happy staying in the house for long periods of time. They are herding dogs and need exercise. They are often a one person dog. They can be cautious and not trust strangers, so they make good watch dogs. They will weigh 35 to 50 pounds and are 17 to 20 inches. They have bobbed tails. They have thick, weather-resistant coats. They are blue speckled or red speckled in color. They can also have tan or dark markings. They are good dogs for farmers, ranchers, and families with older children. The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog is very independent and does not need a lot of affection or cuddling. They are tough, but they appreciate praise and to be treated well. They will sometimes herd the family around. If they want something, they may nip at their family members heels. They are not a loud dog, but they are protective. They like activities and things to do. They need room to run. If they are not active and become bored, they will get very destructive. It is believed the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle dog is a cross between the bob-tailed dog and the Dingo. They are also related to the Australian Cattle Dog. They were used in the Outback to herd cattle.



The Dutch Shepherd

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By Teunia from nl CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Dutch shepherd dog is a working dog, but they are also friendly, loyal, affectionate and great companions. They want attention and loving more than anything. If the Dutch Shepherd is left alone for a long time, they will get bored and destructive. They will weigh 65 to 67 pounds and be 22 to 25 inches tall. The Dutch Shepherd dog comes in short, long or wire haired. The long and wire haired are very rare. Their color can be brindle shades of gray, silver, gold, red, blue and solid blue. The Dutch Shepherd was developed in Holland in the 19th century as a working dog. They were used as a herding dog, farm dog, security dog, guard dog and police dog. They are a very popular dog in Holland, but are rare in other countries. The Dutch Shepherd is very protective of their territory and family. They make good watch dogs. They are protective and good with children. The Dutch Shepherd is easy to train because they want to please. They will need to be brushed every week. They rarely need to have a bath.


The Estonian Hound Dog

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The Estonian Hound dog is very laid back like most hounds. To stay happy, they will need exercise. They make great house dogs. They are very quiet, but they will yowl when happy or upset. They will weigh 33 to 44 pounds and be 17 to 21 inches tall. They have a little of the hound dog look. They are very good natured. They have short hair that will be blackish brown. Their hair can also be tan with red and black patches. They will sometimes have white on their head or body. Estonia's only native breed is the Estonian Hound. They originated in the 20th century from English Foxhounds, Russian-Polish cards, and Finnish hounds. The Swiss hounds and Beagles were added later. They are still used for hunting, but most of them are now pets. They are extremely family oriented. The Estonian Hound dog is great with children and other pets. They like a routine. They do not like to be left alone. The will need daily walks that are at least an hour long. The Estonian Hound dog is an average shedder and should be brushed daily while shedding season. When they are outside, they must be on a leash, or they will take off. They need to be socialized and trained when they are young. Without socialization and training, they could become very timid.



The Kangal Dog

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The Kangal dog comes from the Sivas province of Turkey. The Kangal dog is an ancient breed and is believed to be related to the Mastiff that was around in 600BC during the Assyrian Empire. Originally they were owned by the noble class. They are now prized for their working ability. They are a very popular dog in Turkey. They are a real powerful dog. They have loose skin and short, dense fur that helps protect them from the weather. They will always have a coat that is gray or tan, and they always have a black muzzle. They are very large dogs weighing 90 to 145 pounds, and they will be 28 to 32 inches tall. They were bred to guard flocks of sheep. They are now excellent watchdogs and family pets. They are leery of strangers. They are great with children. They sometimes are not good around other family pets. The Kangal dog will need to be socialized and trained when they are young. They will need a daily walk. They will require weekly brushing except during shedding season when they will need daily brushing. They should have a large yard to roam in, or they will become depressed. When you take them out for a walk always have them on a leash.



The Azawakh Dog

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The Azawakh dog is a native of the Mali Province in the Sahara Desert of Africa. They are a sight-hound. The Azawakh is well known for their hunting and guarding abilities. The are very fast runners.

In their home in the Sahara Desert, the Azawakh is admired for their endurance in the extreme heat and short supply of food and water. The Azawakh gets food and protects their owner, but they are also a great companion.

The Azawakh is very popular in Africa. They are known all over the world.

Their coat is short and sleek. They can be fawn, blue, black, brown, brindle roan, red, sable, sand and white colors. They sometimes have a black mask and their chest, feet, and tail tip will have white on them. The males will weigh 20 to 25kg, and the females will weigh 15 to 20kg. The males are 64 to 74cm tall, and the females are 60 to 70cm tall. The average Azawakh often appears underfed. The Azawakh that is overweight will be lazy and unhealthy.

It is said the Azawakh can reach a speed of 64km per hour when chasing game. They will hunt for hares and large gazelles in the Sahara Desert.

Their origin is not known exactly, but it is thought they trace back to the African pariah dogs of 10,000 years ago. Some people believe the jackal is a distant relative. They prefer to play, hunt and sleep with other Azawakhs.

The Azawakh is very independent. They are leery of strangers. The Azawakh dog must be socialized and trained when they are young so they will not become aggressive or timid.

They are very protective of their family. They will bark if they sense a threat.

The Azawakh dog will need to be brushed several times a week to keep their coat slick. They need their toenails kept short.

They like to dig and run very fast. They do not like the cold or wet weather. They prefer to live where it is hot and dry. If you want an Azawakh for a pet, you should live where the climate is hot and dry.


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